Unison is seething over a comment made by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson on The One Show on Wednesday when he said:
“I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.”
Mr Clarkson also said:
“I mean, how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?”
The union is considering going to the police with the matter. There have also been over 4,700 complaints made to the BBC for which they have appoligised.
To be honest, and this is just my personal thought on the matter; Unison really have bigger things to deal with at the moment, and getting all riled up over a mere comment by a man well known for speaking his mind is a bit pointless. Maybe it was a silly thing to say, but the media coverage over it is a bit much. Politicians are also getting in on the act and demanding an apology from Mr Clarkson, which isn’t surprising as politicians will always pretend that they give a crap especially if it helps with their votes.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “Jeremy Clarkson should apologise for those comments. He obviously does not understand the lives of the people who were going out on strike yesterday.”
About two-thirds of state schools shut, and thousands of hospital operations were postponed, as unions estimated up to two million people went on strike. The government disputes this figure. Unions oppose plans to make members pay more and work longer to earn what they say will be smaller pensions.
What did you think of his comments?
Sources: BBC and Google